How it all began, and how it all ended: Mediapart's first article revealing that budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, who was leading a crackdown on tax fraud, had, for many years, held a secret bank account in Switzerland which was, according to information gained by Mediapart, now transferred to Singapore, was published on December 4th 2012.
Despite mounting evidence revealed by Mediapart, the minister denied ever holding a bank account outside France, repeating the lie before parliament and his government colleagues, and to the press, which in France largely appeared to accept the denials as genuine.
Mediapart stuck to its story, and urged the opening of a judicial investigation into the evidence that the minister who last November announced a crackdown on tax evasion had himself held an account hidden from the French tax authorities over many years.
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